I'm Jason from Sacramento, CA. I've been searching for a good forum to call home to my virtual online BBQ life and this seems to be the right place....I have a Chargriller grill that does half propane, half charcoal. Used the propane side quite a bit, probably once or twice a week when the weather is good. In a couple of days, I'm going to try the other side. Bought a side fire box and installed it. "Seasoned" that side by spraying the walls with vegetable oil and lighting a charcoal fire. Ready to rock & roll.
I've been doing a lot of consulting with my fellow smokers at work, some of them raving about their Orion smokers. I'll give mine a shot and see if it works. As far as accessories go, have some mesquite lump charcoal, apple wood chunks to give me some heat. Bought a cheap $10 chimney to begin the fire. I also have a wood chip box that I bought from the store that I was planning on lining with foil and filling with a liquid to keep things moist. Finally, have a digital thermometer to help me keep track of time, as well as check the internal temp. I also have a spray bottle, but probably will not use it (still on the fence).
I definitely plan on reading some more on this website. Got a book from Amazon (Backyard BBQ: Art of Smokology) that I've been skimming through. Oh, and for the first meat, I'm going to do pork ribs.
Look forward to reading more on these forums and participating in this community!